Tuesday Update: Recovery, Open for Iowa, regional offices

June 9, 2020

Message from Debra Sellers, on behalf of the Office of the Vice President

In April 2020, Vice President Lawrence established the COVID-19 Recovery Task Force to assist in planning ISU Extension and Outreach’s role in Iowa’s recovery. The task force was asked to:

  • Define challenges facing Iowans and their communities that are within our capacity to address.
  • Identify four to six programs that ISU Extension and Outreach will be known for addressing.
  • Determine who should be involved to organize, prioritize, and plan program offerings.
  • Determine what training, marketing, and reporting resources are needed.
  • Deliver recommendations to ISU Extension and Outreach leadership.

On Friday, June 5, the task force presented their plans to Dr. Lawrence. The leadership team will begin reviewing their report, considering next steps, and sharing recommendations with our entire organization. We thank the task force members for their efforts. We also thank Community and Economic Development for providing virtual facilitation for the task force.

Open for Iowa: Update from the committee

The Open for Iowa committee provided an update on their work during Second Monday Live on June 8 (https://connect.extension.iastate.edu/p152nrwp1uad/). Committee members shared information about:

  • The purpose and goals of the committee.
  • Resources and supplies available online from the Open for Iowa webpage, MyExtension, and the Extension Store.
  • Guidance related to many COVID-19 related issues, such as returning to the office, wearing face coverings, and convening large events.

We encourage county offices and councils to check the Open for Iowa webpage frequently for updates. The content on this page will be updated as new information is released. If you have a specific question, please email a committee member or use the Virtual Suggestion Box.

New regional offices

During the June 8 Second Monday Live, Andrea Nelson, assistant vice president for county services, announced that the following counties will serve as the new regional offices.

  • Director of Field Operations, North – Hamilton; R1 – Sioux; R2 – Clay; R3 – Wright; R4 – Cerro Gordo; R5 – Winneshiek; R6 – Woodbury; R7 – Cherokee; R8 – Pocahontas; R9 – Marshall; R10 – Butler; R11 – Linn; R12 – Dubuque; R17 – Story.
  • Director of Field Operations, South – Johnson; R13 – Shelby; R14 – Boone; R15 – Dallas; R16 – Polk; R18 – Mahaska; R19 – Keokuk; R20 – Clinton; R21 – Adair; R22 – Montgomery; R23 – Ringgold; R24 – Warren; R25 – Monroe; R26 – Wapello; R27 – Henry.

More notes

  • Please review the June program update from the leadership team for current examples of what is happening across our programs.
  • Seminar schedules, zoom links, and vitas of the three candidates for Agriculture and Natural Resources assistant director are available on MyExtension. Seminars of Jamie Benning, Kapil Arora, and Amy Powell will be recorded and posted after all interviews are completed.
  • Maintaining work-life balance is more stressful than it’s ever been. Please be aware that the Employee Assistance Plan (EAP) is available to Iowa State and county employees. The EAP is available 24/7/365 to connect you with a variety of counseling, consultations, resources, and coaching benefits to help with small concerns, big problems, and everything in between.

Debra M. Sellers
Associate Dean, College of Human Sciences
Director, Human Sciences Extension and Outreach